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Silence beyond mere thinking…

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When i was very young, in grade school, i — one day, without motive — went into a profound silence beyond thinking and had the insight that doing so was a wholly different, wonderful form of consciousness.  “Form,” in the aforementioned sentence, is rather misleading because going beyond thinking is of no real form or pattern, otherwise it is just standard “thinking.”  Back then i didn’t name this “meditation” or “mindfulness” or anything whatsoever because such words were — at such a young age — foreign to me.  I did have the insight that this is a “very special” way of being; it continued to take place on occasion now and then for a long time.  It was only later, in college, when one began seriously enquiring into the mind and into spirituality, that words for this (as inadequate as they are) began to take place.

Fortunately, when one was in high school, one became interested in hypnosis and self-hypnosis.  I was wise enough to realize the dangers and limitations of self-hypnosis and saw that it tended to constrain and curb the mind, keeping it in a narrow and circumscribed area.  While away at college, when attending yoga meditation events given by people from Asia — who claimed to be gurus offering special mantras — i quickly realized that this (i.e., what they were offering) involved (and was) a subtle form of self-hypnosis, which i did not wish to have anything to do with.   Anything you repeat over and over again to “get spirituality” is not legitimate as far as i am concerned.  Repeating a series of words, no matter how “special” they are claimed to be, is just rather mechanical and is a mesmerizing waste of time.  Even repeating silence, within (and “as”) the mind, to “get spirituality,” is also likely a big waste of time.  Grasping and effort never lead to true spirituality.  It is like trying to catch the wind.

Thoughts are always symbolic, always fractional and piecemeal.  The intelligent mind uses thoughts often, efficiently, and prudently.  Thoughts, all thoughts, however, are merely tools.  They are limited patterns and symbols to solve problems and to help one to function well in life.   Merely remaining as the tools, accepting them as the essence of what one is (as so many do), however, would be foolish.  Going beyond these tools, not merely to “get spiritual,” not to “get or attain anything,” may be a sagacious, brilliant way of functioning.  Then silence is silence (not “for” something); it is beautifully what it is without ulterior motives or aspirations.  Then one does not fabricate mere outer or inner symbols into what one calls “spiritual”; deception is unlikely for a mind of true insight, true silence.  Thoughts, for so many of us, are like habitual repetitions… not, in actuality, so very different from what self-hypnosis entails.   The wise mind goes beyond this circumscribed (hemmed in) state of unbeing.   

Ready to launch (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Ready to launch (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Ready to launch (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Ready to launch (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

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Beyond the intelligence of ignorance…

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Fragmentation

                        is the scientists’ piecemeal 

way of ripping everything

a

     p

          a

               r

                    t

        to perhaps \mathbf{j} = \frac{-i\hbar}{2m}\left(\Psi^* \nabla \Psi - \Psi \nabla \Psi^*\right) = \frac\hbar m \mathrm{Im}(\Psi^*\nabla\Psi)=\mathrm{Re}(\Psi^* \frac{\hbar}{im} \nabla \Psi)one day understand everything.

The true wise man,however,abandons

                   chopping things up,abandons dissecting things

little by little.

The wise man clearly sees beyond the bits and segments

         because his consciousness is devoid of mere bits and segments.

That is why he timelessly understands the whole better

         than any sequential calculation wearing thick glasses.

In flight (1). Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

In flight (1). Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

In flight (2). Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

In flight (2). Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

 

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On atheism and beyond…

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If you play the lotto, here in one of the U.S. areas, for around (approximately) 500 times — on 500 separate occasions, or so — and do not win… you need not automatically assume that the prize money doesn’t exist (and never existed for anyone, ever).  It is easy to come to conclusions about things without ever having had deeply explored, without ever having seriously enquired.  One might ask, “Well, why doesn’t God, if he exists, help us more… reveal himself to us more?”  Of course, the aforementioned question is full of loaded, anthropomorphic assumptions.  The natural world is natural because it is not interfered with much; if it was frequently interfered with, it would cease to be natural.  Period.  The sacred, however, may be what blossoms naturally if one is serious and if perception beyond the distorted occurs.   Perhaps the sacred does indirectly reveal itself (somewhat), naturally, through (and “as”) the movements the wise.  Perhaps the sacred directly reveals itself to those few who are truly wise.   It does not reveal itself by way of  mere reactions of the conditioned and indoctrinated.  (Many — filled with self-delusion — may think that they are wise and may try propagandizing or selling their version of the sacred to others, but what they are distributing or selling is almost inevitably some form of conditioning, symbols, and methodology that they have absorbed from others.)  What is truly sacred cannot merely be directly told or shared in words or writing; it may visit one, and (as was suggested) one may be directly aware of it as it is visiting, but that awareness cannot merely be shared (adequately) in writing or through mere symbolic words.  The sacred is too vast and immeasurable to merely be fully shared via limited words and symbols.  The sacred, in actuality, may be of tremendous order and integrity; merely projecting images or conclusions about it from a field that consists of conditioning and disorder may have very little value.  It is never what can merely be possessed or held.  Real love is like that.  It is a passion that is like a beautiful spring rain and it dries up if one merely tries to pigeonhole it, propagandize it, or use if for the self alone.  

Conjecture has no place here; you either discover something or intelligently investigate (without forming an opinion)… or (as so many do) you “believe that God exists” or “do not believe that God exists.”  Belief and disbelief are — despite the protests of many — fundamentally the same thing; with both, opinions, conclusions, and symbolic thinking are involved.  Formation of an opinion on incomplete evidence is naive and constrained.  Direct, untainted, intelligent observation is another matter, and there are (fortunately) ways to test whether it was indeed legitimate or merely fallacious.   Most of us are symbols, measurements, and images about energy; very few of us were ever in communion with the actual, unadulterated, limitless, timeless, immeasurable energy… pure, orderly, and pristine, pouring through one’s empty vessel.   That energy has its own intrinsic intelligence beyond the superficial limitations and boundaries of time.  

Exploring. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Exploring. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

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Iris…

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Once

                                         simply minerals and water

Now

                                                 minerals and water cooperating with

a different twist,different tingly,energetic

                                                          sensation

that miraculously ebbs and flows like the

                                                                       purple sea

beautiful sea

Purple Iris (1).  Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Purple Iris (1). Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Purple Iris (2).  Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Purple Iris (2). Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

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Real Mystery…

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The mystery behind all of life cannot be discovered by the mundane known, by the ordinary and measurable.  The accumulation of knowledge, no matter how seemingly vast, is always limited, always partial.  Most of our minds were conditioned to discover by way of measuring (e.g., recognizing) with (and from) knowledge.  The timeless, the immeasurable, however, cannot merely be discovered via measurement in mere time.  Most of us were trained to look and to exist using only certain modes…. and we remain in (and “as”) what those modes are.  The limited, no matter how hard it tries, cannot ever penetrate the unlimited.  (Even the best scientists and physicists are in the dark about so very much.)

To understand real mystery, the mind must, itself, become the majestic mysterious.  That means leaving the known, the accumulated, and putting them aside.  Very few are willing to do that.  Consciously, or unconsciously, they still (in one form or another) cling to the known.  They continue to measure, to endlessly use symbols,  to separate, and follow methodologies.

Even in quantum mechanics, the moment something is measured, the wave-function collapses and mere limitation and locality ensues.  We can blend with the whole when we stop being what reacts and measures as we were programmed to.  Too many of us function as mere points in locality… which is limited, barbaric, selfish, fragmentary, and which negates real compassion and deep understanding.

Honey Bee Feeding. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Honey Bee Feeding. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

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Tiny Houses Are Getting Popular!…

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Let us keep things small and simple and be excellent parents, and let’s make our house accessible to easy landings.  

                Let us hire little, though vigilant, Hackberry butterfly guards to alert us to any imminent dangers.

Let us not pontificate over nature with many fossil-fueled vacations and selfish excursions. 

                Let us go green locally as a new way of being (which transcends indifference).

We cannot renounce nature’s fragility;

                we are part of it.

Of Butterflies on Birdhouses. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Of Butterflies on Birdhouses. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Tiny Houses Rock! Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Tiny Houses Rock! Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

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Being and Becoming…

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In talking or writing about mindfulness and meditation, many will give you techniques and things to practice to get to a certain point.  However, real mindfulness, wisdom, and meditation may not (by any means whatsoever) be what can be attained through practicing or through following methods laid out by others.  Wholeness is not at some point; it is everywhere and nowhere.  Taking a route to it is like following a road to the totally pathless, which is ludicrous.   (It’s like trying to measure the immeasurable, like so many so-called scientists are trying to do!)  Related to this is that being and becoming are essentially the same thing.  “Being,” as does “becoming,” reinforces the self, the center, with its dependence on sensations, pleasure, and time.  The intelligent mind does not try to be in a state of being, try to be what is non-becoming, nor try to be in a state of non-being.  Such trying would be a further extension of becoming and would reinforce the self and its dependence upon time.  In not trying to be or not be… the mind may naturally blossom as what is beyond dependence and measurement.  The measureless is timeless; a point in time is always limited.  A natural mind can intelligently use experience when necessary and may go beyond it without striving to become or be anything.

 

[Firefly on window, checking us out!]

Firefly on window, checking us out! It's that time of year here! Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Firefly on window, checking us out! It’s that time of year here! Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016